I belong to several book clubs – too many probably, but all are enjoyable. Fortunately, it is not necessary to read a book each month for all of them. One of the clubs selects a monthly theme and participants simply talk about a book based on whatever the theme is for that month. This month we shared books under the broad category of “inspirational books.” Just talking about inspirational books was inspiring.
I spoke about The Pleasure Book by Julian Fast which was an inspiration to me as I began working on the chapter about pleasure in our own book. We all know what pleasure is – sort of – but how to write about it?? I was delighted to discover Fast’s book which is a collection of stories about people and the simple things they enjoy. I still like going back to the book and reading the narratives about people’s personal passions: needlework, plants or picnics. Even if some are things you would never likely try, they are fun to read about.
Some of the other great titles our book group talked about were Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (something I have been meaning to read for a long time); Gift from the Sea (a classic by Anne Morrow Lindbergh; Handbook for the Soul; Loving What Is by Byron Katie, and End Procrastination Now. I am definitely going to check out that one!